It’s that time of year again when everyone makes promises they keep for two weeks before reverting back to form. I won’t lie, I am one of those people too, although 2018 was slightly more successful because I managed one resolution (to update my blog every week) for a grand total of FORTY-ONE WEEKS.
Then life got in the way and I failed spectacularly but never mind! I’ll finish off the Acres of Ink Challenge next year and I’d be delighted if you’d join me. I’ll be hosting the retweets over at @AcresofInk in 2019, so feel free to follow and get to know me over there.
2018 was a rollercoaster of a year for me. Here’s a short rundown.
- Jan 1st: I propose to my partner. He says yes!
- Feb 16th: Fiancé gets knocked down in a hit-and-run on our way to see Hamilton, breaks his leg in three places and nearly loses his foot. We get a lot of ‘in sickness and in health’ practice in as he then spends six months on the sofa.
- July 20th: We finally have an engagement party and I start seriously thinking about my future. Where do I want to be in ten years? I’ve been collecting editing qualifications (not to mention editing stories for free) for years but haven’t taken the leap from my day job to full-time editor yet… will I ever?
- August 1st: Fiancé can now walk again(ish) as long as he has his crutches. Progress!
- August 26th: Two good friends get married in the pouring rain, courtesy of the British summertime. It’s romantic as hell. I realise that we need to actually plan our own wedding because we haven’t done anything since fiancé got smacked by a car.
- September 16th: Still haven’t seen Hamilton, but some wedding things are sorted.
- September 26th: After several long talks with my fiancé, I decide that the time is now. I hand in my notice and set up Acres of Ink – my developmental editing service for fiction books. The world of publishing, here I come!
- November 15th: Complete the edits for my first ‘official’ Acres of Ink client. They’re pretty chuffed, honestly, which means I am too. #jobwelldone #Icandothis
- November 22nd: Still haven’t seen Hamilton.
- November 23rd: Annual writing retreat with @SEBerrow! Will I finally complete my second draft of The Winter Court?
- November 30th: No. I did write 44k words of it, though.
- December 1st: Acres of Ink editing work begins in earnest. (Btw, there’s a promotion going on until end of January if anyone’s up for it). I discover that my doddery old cat Minerva is actually a lunatic during the day.
- December 8th: My brother gets married. Meet screenwriter Charlie Covell (The End of the F**king World) at the wedding and successfully hide immense level of shock that my brother knows someone so cool. I get very excited about her next project.
- December 21st: Finish my third official client and book a few more jobs in for the new year. Pause to wipe sweat off brow. Start thinking long-term…
- December 28th: Still haven’t seen Hamilton.
- December 29th: See a panto instead. It’s not quite the same.
- December 31st: New Year’s Eve… start writing resolutions.
2019 New Year Resolutions
So, the one thing I learned from 2018 is to not settle for ordinary and that – if I try – I stand a really good chance of achieving what I want. Obviously, sometimes things don’t pan out (I have no idea when I’ll see Hamilton, for example) but you can only deal with what life throws at you in the best way you can.
To that end, I have five ‘Must Do’ Resolutions for the new year.
**dramatic drum roll**
- Exercise three times a week (Difficult to keep)
- Get married (Hopefully easy)
- Enhance Acres of Ink editing service by taking on experience roles etc. in publishing, to ensure my knowledge remains up-to-date. (Medium)
- Query The Elder Throne (Easy to send out; Difficult to get the result I long for)
- Finish The Winter Court once and for all (Medium)
What are your resolutions?
Have a lovely New Year’s Eve and a very happy 2019!